Hi, Jennifer! Our daughter is 12 and doesn’t have a phone yet, either. She uses the receiver and Wi-Fi, which means I don’t get alerts in the moment when she’s away from my phone, but I can review her data with Clarity later to make adjustments as needed.
I’m comfortable with this system: our daughter is generally very mature and responsible for her age; we have a good relationship with her school; and she did well with finger sticks for years, so we are used to trusting her and those around her to be alert to what she needs and to handle it.
Just for example, I picked her up from camp one day several summers ago to learn that one of the counselors during swim had noticed that my daughter looked low and called her out of the pool to check. She was indeed low, so she drank a juice, had a snack, and went back to playing with her friends. No muss, no fuss, just competently managing.
She’s on a swim team now, and is mostly out of Bluetooth range during practice. Same deal: she makes sure she’s good before she starts swimming, and she checks again after. If she feels low during, she’ll take a break to do what she needs to do. It’s not nearly as good as a functioning pancreas, but it works.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that you don’t need to give him a phone if you don’t want him to have one yet.